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Brexit causes education to have a backseat.

Brexit causes education to have a backseat.

Education has “taken a backseat” and is “not a priority” for the government because it is “completely fixated” on Brexit, the former chief inspector of Ofsted has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw claimed that political energy in the educaton system had “dissipated” since he worked as a headteacher in the days of New Labour.

Appearing on a panel at the Best in Class summit organised by the Sutton Trust in New York last week, Sir Michael said: “I think political mood music is really important.”

He said “the most energised period” in his career as a headteacher was when Labour leader Tony Blair pledged that his three priorities for government would be “education, education, education”.

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